Music History Timeline Project

Timeline created by jas.avecilla
In Music
  • Period: 500 to 1450

    Medieval Period

    The years between between the ancient world of Greece and Rome.
  • 1030

    Guido of Arezzo's Micrologus

    This document created an outline for singing because it used a four line staff and incorporated sight singing syllables. This was the first document that utilized these kinds of techniques.
  • Period: 1098 to 1179

    Hildegard of Bingen

    The birth and death dates of Hildegard. She was born into nobility, but promised to the church at a young age.
    Eventually she gained a reputation for divine prophecies and was sought out for guidance by emperors, kings, bishops, popes.
  • 1323

    Ars Nova Treatise

    This document laid the groundwork for modern notation, most notably meter changes.
  • Period: 1450 to

    Renaissance Period

    This period was a rebirth or rediscovery of ancient Greek culture through arts and culture.
  • 1485

    Josquin’s Ave Maria ... virgo serena Motet

  • 1529

    Martin Luther Chorale Ein feste burg (A Mighty Fortress..)

  • 1538

    Arcadelt Madrigal Il bianco e dolce cigno

  • 1567

    Palestrina Pope Marcellus Mass

    Legend is that Palestrina saved polyphony from being condemned by the Council of Trent by writing this piece of music. It was a six-voice mass that was reverent in spirit and “attentive to the words.”
  • Victoria Missa O magnum mysterium

  • Gabrieli Sonata pian’e forte

    This piece of music was revolutionary because it was written for specific instruments and it introduced dynamics. In the past composers specified neither dynamic or instruments, so this was the first piece in history to designate them.
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    Baroque Time Period

  • Monteverdi's L’Orfeo

  • First Public Concerts in England

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    J.S. Bach's birth and death

  • Antonio Vivaldi's L’Estro Armonico publication date

    The most influential publication of any music in the early 18th century. Popularized the Italian Concerto throughout Europe.
  • Rameau's Traité de l’harmonie publication date

    The most influential of theorized works and became basis for teaching functional harmony.
  • Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier volume 1 publication date

    Demonstrates the possibilities for playing in all keys using an instrument tuned in near-equal temperament.
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    Pre-Classical Time Period

  • Period: to

    Franz Joseph Haydn's birth and death

  • Handel's Messiah

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    W.A. Mozart's birth and death

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    Viennese Classical Period

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    Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges as director of Concerts des Amateurs

    He was a master swordsman who was also one of France’s best composers, conductors, and violinists. US President John Adams called him “the most accomplished man in Europe.” This was notable for the time because he was a black man.
  • Mozart's Don Giovanni

  • Haydn's Symphony No. 94 "Surprise" London Premiere date

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor Premiere Date

  • Schubert Erlkönig Composition Date

  • Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia Premiere Date

  • Nicolo Paganini 24 Caprices for Violin, Op.1 Complete First Publication

  • Berlioz Symphonie fantastique Composition Date

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    Frederic Chopin Mazurkas Op.7 Composition Date Range

  • Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel Das Jahr Composition Date

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    Louis Moreau Gottschalk Souvenir de Porto Rico

  • Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition Original Piano Version

  • Bizet Carmen Premiere Date

  • Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen Premiere of Complete Cycle

  • Brahms' Symphony No.4 Premiere

  • Mahler Symphony No.1 Premiere